Porthcawl Taekwondo (CF36): Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are a popular choice with people in Porthcawl nowadays. Trying something like Taekwondo enables you to boost your confidence, develop your mind and body, learn some self-defence moves and bolster your self-respect. This more modern martial art has rapidly become popular since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
It needs to be said that Taekwondo can be very physically demanding, which can discourage the less agile and more elderly folks in Porthcawl from becoming involved. To be honest, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older individuals who are in excellent physical condition can easily be involved and benefit considerably from this activity.
With its early beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is obviously one of the more recently created of the martial arts and entails primarily kicking moves such as spinning/jumping kicks, rapid kicking strategies and head-height kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were set up by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million practitioners all around the world, and while you might not have any ambitions to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still register for a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt prove to be a worthwhile and fascinating pastime.
It seems that the most appealing aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is not hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town and city centres on a daily basis. In fact one of the key principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
There's a fairly decent chance that your eagerly learned Taekwondo skills will never have to be proved in your everyday life, but it will unquestionably give you reassurance knowing that they're there should you ever need them.
Your First Porthcawl Taekwondo Class
If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an idea, but this will vary from school to school. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, a little technical training including learning some blocking techniques, hand attacks, stances and kicks, learning the first patterns or forms, a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up.
Everybody who's a registered member of a Taekwondo club in Porthcawl or any place else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the official regulating body of the sport. By going to British Taekwondo's official website you will be able to obtain facts about health and safety, equality and safeguarding, events, referees and coaching, coaching courses, clubs and members, first aid, beginning a new Taekwondo club, news, and many more Taekwondo related facts.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo
When you are enrolling in Taekwondo classes in Porthcawl you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole undertaking worthwhile. So let's consider some of the positive benefits that you may get through learning and doing Taekwondo. Reduced anxiety using advanced breath control, Strengthen your mind and body through accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Learn self-defence techniques by helping you identify scenarios where self-defence could be required, and enabling you to manipulate these kinds of circumstances in your favour, Develop self-discipline by extensively schooling your mind and body in the doctrines and tactics of Taekwondo, Improve stamina, agility and flexibility by way of extreme cardiovascular work-outs, Build your confidence by encouraging you to seize control of your life and succeed, Increase your self-esteem by heightening both physical and mental health.
Forms are a key part of Taekwondo and are crucial to learn if you are to excel at this exciting sport. Several basic Taekwondo forms need to be grasped from the beginning and more complicated forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is distinguished by a number of variables such as stance, direction and technique.
Taekwondo competitions and tournaments are staged across the globe in all of the various styles. There's usually not much hard contact but patterns, sparring and breaking. Olympic and WT (World Taekwondo) competitions only consist of sparring, in International Taekwon-Do Federation competitions specified hand attacks are permitted to the head. Other organizations stage multi-discipline competitions.
Taekwondo Safety Gear
In all contests, events and tournaments being staged under the control of British Taekwondo, safety equipment like hand protectors, shin pads, a gum shield, a blue/red head guard, forearm guards, a blue or red body guard (hogu) and a groin protector is obligatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo may cause harm and these measures help to make the activity safer for its competitors.
We can't all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I reckon that we don't all want to be. Taekwondo is not just about Olympic medals and National Championships. Most of us are happy to improve our fitness levels, meet different people and make new friends, and that is precisely how it ought to be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will be based upon what you invest in it. Enjoy! 👊
Taekwondo Help, Information and Social Media
To view and shop for gum shields, men's and women's groin guards, forearm protectors, mats, Taekwondo clothes, shin defenders, doboks, body defenders, foot guards, belts, head guards, chest protectors, fighter gloves, foot socks, sparring gloves and target paddles, take a look at Martial Art Shop. Find out more about about facilities and equipment, school of thought, historical influences, organisations and styles, Taekwondo vocabulary, promotion, belts and ranking, forms (patterns), competition and the history of Taekwondo, pay a visit to the Wikipedia Taekwondo page. To join the world of Taekwondo visit a Taekwondo forum, discussions comprise "Taekwondo Sparring", "Health and Fitness", "Self Defense", "Taekwondo Patterns", "General Discussion" and "The Instructors Room". Learn how to do Taekwondo on YouTube here. To see the latest on social media check this out. To read about Taekwondo forms, head here
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
Porthcawl Taekwondo clubs can usually help you with the rules of Taekwondo, Taekwondo training, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo for senior citizens, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo taster classes, private Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo for the disabled, beginners Taekwondo, Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo etiquette and other martial arts stuff in Porthcawl, Wales.
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Bibliography: ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings, Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics by Thomas Seaborne and Yeon Hwan, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior by Doug Cook, Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique by Marc Tedeschi, TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) (Kim Bok Man), Official Taekwondo Training Manual, Taekwondo Step Sparring (Sang Kim).
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